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I've been wondering about the move "Lick." It's been a ghost-type move since Gen 1 but why?
Does anyone know if there's any association between ghosts and long tongues/licking in Japanese folklore or folklore in general?
The only thing I could find was a Japanese spirit called "Akaname" that licks up dirty bathtubs but that's it. :(

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Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:41 pm
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In the original season of the anime, lick was introduced by Haunter who did have an exceptionally long tongue. However, I think the move should be normal type. Either way I never use it so I am not too bothered by it.


Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:25 am
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Don't get me wrong, it's a useless move but I was investigating this because I'm developing a ghost character and wondered about this while coming up with some characteristics. Haunter had a long tongue but that was after the games had been made and they probably made it long to reinforce the fact that it's an attack. So...I don't know :\

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Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:30 pm
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Think of it this way.....
I cite the Movie Jurrassic park the lost world.
The T-rex licks the characters before attempting to EAT them, thus Terrifying them, paralysing them with fear.

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Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:10 am
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the description talks about the horrid feeling of saliva rubbing all over yourself freaking you out. Fear is related to ghosts. It might also be a reference to boo, who has a large tongue.

try having someone lick you all over. See what happens.

Actually... no. Bad idea.

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Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:20 pm
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